The Horizon Foundation is pleased to welcome two new staff members – Jennifer Arice White and Kerry Darragh.
Jennifer joins the team as senior community engagement officer. In this role, she will lead community outreach and organizing efforts to support Foundation program and policy initiatives, including campaigns to fund and prioritize complete streets and to curb the consumption of sugary drinks.
Jennifer comes to the Foundation from the American Heart Association in Baltimore, where she served as community advocacy director, advancing local policy campaigns that focused on active transportation, tobacco control and other systems-level changes across the region. Previously, Jennifer served as the health equity partnerships manager with Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. In this role, she focused on building the equity infrastructure of Voices and the American Heart Association, which strengthened existing partnership efforts and strategic engagement in advocacy campaigns.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political theory & constitutional democracy and social relations & policy from James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University. She earned her master of science in public health degree in reproductive, perinatal & women’s health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2017, Jennifer was recognized by The Daily Record with a Leading Women Award.
Kerry Darragh joins the team as communications officer. In this role, she will manage communications for several Foundation program and policy initiatives, including Howard County Unsweetened, Speak(easy) Howard and the Streets for All campaign.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kerry served as a senior associate at The Hatcher Group, a communications and public affairs firm that works with nonprofits and foundations. She managed client campaigns and provided communications support – specifically media relations, messaging, social media and digital strategies – on a number of public health and environmental initiatives, including advocacy efforts during Maryland’s annual General Assembly session in Annapolis. Previously, she interned for Maryland StateStat, State Senator Karen Montgomery and the Kellyn Foundation, a public health nonprofit in her hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and a master’s in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Columbia with her dog, Finnegan.
Please join us in welcoming Jennifer and Kerry!